Hurried Homemaker

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May 9th, 2011

10 Minute Workouts

I am all about getting things done in 10 minutes lately. Some may call it lazy, I call it genius. If I can get the kids to help me clean up in 10 minutes without argument (I’m not kidding) a couple times a day, and I can get in a quickie-uninterrupted workout in 10 minutes … why wouldn’t I?!? I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a ton of me-time. When I do, I would rather spend it getting a manicure or facial – not working out.

A few weeks ago, while searching Netflix, I came across a series of workouts all titled “10 Minute Solution”. I started off with “10 Minute Solution: Fat Blasting Dance Mix”. This is a fun, energetic, hip-hop style dance workout. I was a ballerina for many years, so this was a bit awkward for me at first, but WOW! I was sweating and feeling the workout only a few minutes in.

 

More recently I’ve done “10 Minute Solution: Pilates” and “10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates”. After just more than a week of adding a 10-minute pilates workout to my existing routine (which is a 30-min elliptical workout 2-3 days/week), pants that used to be tight are no longer. I have worked muscles I don’t believe that I ever have before – every single muscle in my torso, butt, thighs, hips, and legs … under my armpits even hurt!

I’m not sure if you use Netflix, but if not I’m pretty sure that amazon.com, the library, or YouTube has them. There is a whole series of these “10 Minute Solution” workouts left to try … more dance workouts, kickboxing, yoga, toning, fitness ball, even prenatal workouts. If you have 10 minutes (and surely you do), then go try one!

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post in any way by any party mentioned in the above post. This post is opinion only.

April 18th, 2011

Tea Collection – Not Just for Kids!

One of my favorite brands for my kids is definitely Tea Collection! Matter of fact, Tea makes up somewhere between 1/2 – 2/3 of my 2yo’s wardrobe. It is stylish, unique, and well-made. So, when Tea approached me about reviewing something from their Women’s Spring Collection, I was thrilled! I had never thought about buying Tea for me … I never left the pages of kid clothes! How had I not shopped their women’s line?

First off, their customer service is AWESOME! I am probably one of the pickiest people in the world about customer service, and yet they WOWed me from the beginning. I was unsure of what size to buy and the lovely lady at Tea walked me through each garment I had chosen to help me select the right size for me. She was patient, kind, and a great salesperson (I ended up buying an additional piece that wasn’t included in my gift certificate).

I chose the Modernista Tee in 2 different colors, and added on the Hojas del Mar Tunic. The tees are a cool dolmen style and are so soft that my husband couldn’t stop rubbing my back when I wore one the other day (no complaints here). The best part about these is that they go with everything! I’ve worn them with yoga pants and tennis shoes; jeans, a beaded necklace, and a pair of sandals; and even slacks, nice jewelry, and high heels. I am a lover of the tunic-style, so the Hojas del Mar was the perfect item to add to my wardrobe. I wore it for the first time at our anniversary dinner in Disney World – it was comfy, cute, and fun.

Tea has added a few cool spring dresses that I have my eye on, too. There is one thing that I wish they had, but didn’t … wide-leg trousers. All their pants were of the skinny variety, and I don’t love that style.

And, although I was only asked to write about Women’s, I will add that they have the cutest summer dresses for girls right now – under $30! [I just ordered some for each of my girls.] Have boys? No worries! Tea has some great new arrivals for boys, too!

Hurried Homemaker was provided with a gift certificate to purchase items of my choosing to review. While some of the products mentioned in this post were received for free, this did not affect the opinions reflected in this post.

September 9th, 2010

Back-to-School Guide: Sunscreen

HH BRIEF:

Just because they’re going back to school, that doesn’t mean you should skip the sun protection! It is just as important to protect your little one’s skin from outdoor playtime during and after school as it is for a day at the pool. And protecting their little bodies from harsh chemicals is always a must. Organic sun protection from Soleo Organics (sold by Nature’s Basin) is the answer.

A little of this sunscreen goes a long way! It goes on quick & easy, and doesn’t leave that sticky feeling most do.

The folks at Nature’s Basin get it – selling all the body care products us moms need, with a commitment to quality, organic products.

SAVES:

Using organic skincare products, like sunscreen, save both the environment and our bodies. (See why organic skincare is important for you and for baby.)

FROM THE COMPANY:

Nature’s Basin is also committed to building a company based on supporting mothers that want to be responsible caretakers of our earth, loving care givers for their families and honoring their own core essence of their inner and outer beauty. Based on our own personal experience, we strongly believe that mothers play an important role in building a responsible world while fulfilling their parental obligations. Nature’s Basin is committed to building a company that supports these mothers to have a career while fulfilling their environmental and parental obligations.

Nature’s Basin is run by mothers who are environmentally and health conscious individuals who wanted to offer the finest natural, organic and mineral based beauty products with an exceptional customer service and a hassle-free online shopping experience. We offer free shipping and free returns with full refunds.

GOT MORE TIME?

Read more about Nature’s Basin here

Get coupon codes & promotions here

Ask the Aesthetician

Join Nature’s Basin on Facebook and Twitter

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review. We were provided with product for review, but this in no way affects our opinion of this product/company.

September 7th, 2010

Back-to-School Guide: Fashion – BabySoy

HH BRIEF:

I am a HUGE fan of babysoy (as you may already know)! So, when they told me about their new Oh Soy collection, I had to check it out! And I’m glad I did … BabySoy did it again! This collection is an adorable set of illustrated bodysuits, playsuits and shirt. The Oh Soy collection also has pants and knotted hats that go with just about anything. There are even matching reversible burpies and blankets. These folks know what a mom needs!

As always, the clothes are the softest I’ve ever felt. Given the choice between other pants and her new babysoy Oh Soy brown pants, the baby chooses the babysoy. She really knows how to pick the best of the best.

Not only is the reversible hoodie an award-winner (iParenting Media Award), but now their kimono bodysuit has been deemed award-worthy (PTPA Media Award) as well!

SAVES:

Buying clothing for your tot (newborn – 4t) from babysoy saves the environment and money. Not only is their clothing some of the most environmentally-friendly you’ll find, but it is so reasonably priced you’ll wonder why they aren’t sold in stores everywhere!

FROM THE COMPANY:

Babysoy is the 1st company in the world to use soybean protein fiber to create a soft and natural newborn wardrobe. The eco-friendly fiber uses leftover non-gmo soybean pulp from tofu and/or soymilk production as raw material for the fiber. Babysoy’s layette line promotes a green environment by reducing and recycling while bundling babies in the softest eco clothing and accessories. Each piece is designed by co-founder Amy Liang and tested with her daughter for comfort, style, and ease to dress.

GOT MORE TIME?

Read more about babysoy on their website.

Join babysoy on Facebook.

See how babysoy cares here.

See their awards here or here.

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. We were provided with items of clothing for a fair/honest review. This in no way affects our opinion of this product/company.

June 23rd, 2010

Designer on a Budget

If you are anything like me, you love designer duds for yourself, hubs, and kiddos. And if you’re anything like me you can’t afford them full-price, or even the so-called “sale” price. I have collected a list of sites that are top-notch for buying designer on a budget. All these sites feature sales of a particular brand or product for a set period of time. The popular products or sizes go fast, so signing up for the email list is essential to getting to the deals fast.

Without further ado:

FOR THE KIDDOS

FOR MOM & CHILD

FOR EVERYONE

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. This is a collection of sites that we use in real life and wanted to share our knowledge with our readers.
April 8th, 2010

Organic Skincare for You

Millions of chemicals seep into our bodies over the course of our lifetime … chemicals that can cause all sorts of harm. As you are probably aware, I am still breastfeeding my youngster and it only makes sense that what I put on and in my body goes to her as well. So, I was thrilled when Jim Kueny from ONEgroup/Miessence contacted me to try some of their products. I had heard about Miessence, but had never tried anything made by them. I will try to break the info in this post down to the essentials along with an overview of my thoughts on the products I tried.

There are many chemicals in the everyday products you use that can cause harm. This was included in the MiTme Newsletter (the ONEgroup/Miessence newsletter):

ABOUT ONEgroup (from their website):
Organic and Natural Enterprise Group (or ONEgroup) is an Australian based company who creates and manufactures the world’s first Certified Organic skincare, haircare, personal care, health care and cosmetic products. ONEgroup’s range of products stand in a class of their own by being independently certified to international food grade standards by some of the world’s most respected organic certifying organisations, namely, Australian Certified Organic (ACO), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and IFOAM (Europe).

I tested 3 of their skincare products:
AROMA FREE ROLL-ON DEODORANT
• No Aluminum (aluminum is a toxin linked to Alzheimer’s disease)
• Based on bi-carb soda (bicaronate of soda neutralizes bacteria that causes odors)
• Natural antibacterial ingredients
• Doesn’t block pores
• Effective long lasting deodorant that actually works!
• Certified organic
• 3 varieties to choose from:
Ancient Spice – a blend of fresh citrus and spices.
Tahitian Breeze – a blend of intense floral and citrus
Aroma Free- no essential oils added

Honestly, at first I didn’t really love this product. I was used to using a deodorant that was scented. It also seemed as though my old deodorant was lasting all day because it took a good scrub to wash off in the shower. I used the Miessence aroma free roll-on deodorant for a few days and discovered a slight sting after shaving. I emailed Jim about it. He emailed the formulator asking about it and she responded! Wow! Turns out the slight sting after shaving is due to the bicarb and the fact that my old deodorant had some sort of numbing agent in it.

I decided to keep using the deodorant to give it another shot. Now it is all I wear. I feel clean and fresh when I apply and still at the end of the day. On days where I am super-active, I apply a second time to insure freshness. This was
something I’ve always done anyway, so nothing new there. The only difference? I smell like me (remember I use the aroma free) and I’m not applying any harmful chemicals to my underarms. I feel good knowing that, especially since I know that nothing from my deodorant is getting into the ducts that make and supply milk to my little one.

TRANSLUCENT FOUNDATION
• Evens out the complexion
• Translucent natural coverage
• Contains zinc oxide (known for its superior sun protection capabilities and preventing skin damage, the safest and most effective ingredient that protects the skin against UVA rays)
• Keeps skin hydrated and protected from pollution
• Natural mineral colours in four different shades
• Certified organic ingredients

I am a makeup snob, I’m not going to lie. I was hesitant to try this foundation for several reasons: (1) I don’t wear liquid foundation; (2) my face can be sensitive to new products; and (3) I don’t wear makeup on a regular basis. But I decided to try it anyway. It went on smooth and even. It blended with my complexion beautifully. It was so lightweight that by the end of the day I had forgotten I was wearing it. My sensitive skin looked like I had simply worn moisturizer all day – no break outs, no oiliness.

SKIN CONDITIONER
• Nutrient rich active ingredients makes this a vital step!
• Replaces the use of a toner with an alcohol-free herbal infusion
• Dual purpose – feeds the skin, and provides hydration base for moisturiser to seal in
• Moisturiser will last longer
• Balancing – nourishes and tones
• Rejuvenating – energises and stimulates
• Soothing – calms redness and soothes
• Purifying – balances secretions and purifies
• Pat onto skin and leave to absorb for a few seconds before applying moisturizer
• Certified Organic

Again, I was a bit hesitant to try something new in my facial skincare routine, but I did it anyway (just for you wonderful readers). And am I glad I did! I wish I had gotten more of this stuff. There are days where my skin is dry and I feel like I am applying moisturizer all day long. And because it is dry, it is sometimes spotted with redness. And to top it off, my pores are large (great for looking young, terrible for soaking in everything that goes on my face). The skin conditioner did just that – conditioned my skin. The redness faded and the moisturizer stayed put. Especially on days when I wore no makeup, this kept me feeling confident that my skin still looked great. Bonus points for making me feel like the beginnings of aging are paused every time I wear it!

Miessence makes a huge line of skincare and makeup products. If the rest of their products are anything like these three, I would recommend them all.

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review. We did receive samples of the products mentioned in order to provide a proper review, but the opinions expressed are our honest thoughts.

March 21st, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: Baby Star Rock the Tote Diaper Bag

Update:

Every mom needs a fabulous diaper bag … you know, the kind that you’ll want to carry after you don’t need it anymore. Look no further than baby star diaper bags. These folks weren’t joking when they named this perfect bag “Rock the Tote”!

I personally love the kaleidoscope bag, but the silver is to-die-for! Forget these just being your new spring bag – you could rock this tote all year long (pun intended). And this is one of the most affordable diaper bags at only $60. Want to know what’s even cooler? This shop – maker of responsible, sustainable, and safe products – was started by a husband a wife after the birth of their first child (they now have 3). I love that!

baby star

Use code STAR20 for 20% off

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review, however Baby Star is an affiliate partner.

March 20th, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: The Hessnatur Organic Cotton Cardigan

Spring weather is so nice compared the dull, cold days of winter, but it has its own share of cool days. What’s a spring wardrobe without a simple cotton jacket? Even better if it is made from organic cotton!

This Organic Cotton Cardigan is the perfect quickie jacket for weekends or runs to the school. Made by the eco-conscious, fair-/humane-laboring, customer-friendly company, hessnatur. This cardigan is soft and the perfect weight for spring! It comes in 3 colors: terracotta, bordeaux, and putty. I love the natural putty color, and even better – it is only $48 (the other colors are $75). Not only can you save by choosing the putty, but enter: M1U001 and enjoy free shipping and returns on your first order.

hessnatur - Pure and Natural Fashion Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review, however Hessnatur is an affiliate partner.

March 19th, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: Mom Must-have Michael Stars Tee

Every mom, working outside the home or in, needs a fabulous piece that can transition from jeans to dress. Enter Michael Stars. I have been in love with this brand of v-neck shirt since before I became a mom. Now, it makes even more sense for me to be a raving fan!



Michael Stars Shine Short Sleeve Crossover Vee Neck
has become my favorite go-to shirt. I became a fan of this particular shirt while I was pregnant with lil’bit, and I wear it still today. Yes, I wear it now – it did not stretch out! This shirt is adorable with jeans, but you can pair it with a black trouser and be ready for a dinner out, too.

The “shine” in this shirt is slight. Matter of fact, you may not even notice it when paired with denim. But the moment you add it to your evening wardrobe, you see just how fabulous this shirt really is! If you’re anything like me, you may not have a ton of time to get ready for an impromptu dinner with the hub and his colleagues. A little deodorant and a fresh application of makeup … remove sweats or jeans, add black trousers and high heels, put on jewelry, brush hair,  and add handbag and you are good to go!

I mentioned that I wore this shirt while pregnant, but there is also the Michael Stars Maternity Elbow Sleeve Deep Vee, which is pretty dang awesome for pregos! Either way, they are sure to have a little something that you will enjoy adding to your wardrobe.


www.michaelstars.com

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review, however Michael Stars is an affiliate partner.

March 18th, 2010

Spring Fashion Guide: Best Baby Organics Monkey Pants

Springtime is the perfect time for a loose, comfy pant for your little one. Whether they’re crawling or running, you will love these perfect little smooth cotton (formaldehyde-free!) pants for your babe.

The Japanese Monkey Pants from Best Baby Organics are one of the cutest ways I can think of to cover your tot’s tush! These little smiley-bum pants are perfect for play! We pair ours with a simple white organic cotton tee and some cute shoes and get so many “Oh how adorable!” comments. (Of course that could be just about the babe …)

Lil’bit perks up when I say, “Let’s put on our happy bum pants!” She loves to run to the mirror and look over her shoulder at the smiley face across her adorable little tush! As you know, we are big fans/users of the gDiaper, which is a bulkier diaper. The Monkey Pants have plenty of room in the rear, whereas many other pants are snug over them (unless you go up a size).

The Monkey Pants come in a great variety of colors/color-combinations as well as 4-piece sets.

Best Baby Organics provided a pair of Monkey Pants for lil’bit to try our in order for the Hurried Homemaker to do a review. This in no way affected our opinion of this product.

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